Thank God for Despair – Grapevine Article June 1965 by E.M.

. . . the unease that makes us want to do a better job of living – From the June 1965 Grapevine IT IS AMAZING and a little depressing to see so many of our members drive themselves like madmen for perfect peace of mind and absolute serenity. Bags under their eyes, frowns on theirContinue reading “Thank God for Despair – Grapevine Article June 1965 by E.M.”

Tools For Life – Grapevine Article January 2006 by Anonymous

There’s one for every problem that comes along I grew up without tools that showed me how to live. When I was a teenager, I started getting drunk. This gave me immense relief from a lot of bad feelings and made me feel I needed only one tool: alcohol. Alcohol solved all my problems. MyContinue reading “Tools For Life – Grapevine Article January 2006 by Anonymous”

Learning to Trust Life – Grapevine Article July 1978 by J.W.

IT WAS VERY difficult to turn my life and will over to the care of a God I did not trust–a loving God, but a just God–a merciful God, but an omnipotent God capable of great wrath–a God who kept me in suspense wondering if He was going to deliver the goods to make meContinue reading “Learning to Trust Life – Grapevine Article July 1978 by J.W.”

An Atheist Speaks Out – Grapevine Article May 1962 by E.L.

I AM an alcoholic and an atheist. I am addressing this to those alcoholics who have had trouble with the religious overtones in the AA program. But let me state first that it depresses me to think of what life would be like without AA. It has been long on my mind to write thisContinue reading “An Atheist Speaks Out – Grapevine Article May 1962 by E.L.”

Tragedy & Gratitude – Grapevine Article by Kris M.

She could never forgive herself when her drinking led to a night of tragedy, but the program showed her how gratitude could help her heal I arrive at work early, as I always do, so I that I can have some quiet time and coffee before I begin my workday. My quiet time begins withContinue reading “Tragedy & Gratitude – Grapevine Article by Kris M.”

Courage – Grapevine Article August 1974 by V.W.C.

We have learned courage by trying, and through AA we can channel it into new and beautiful ways ACROSS THE YEARS of sober living in AA, I must have said and heard the words “grant me the courage” several thousand times. Yet only recently did I sit down and figure out exactly what courage meansContinue reading “Courage – Grapevine Article August 1974 by V.W.C.”

An Open Heart and Open Mind – Grapevine Article March 1979 by C.O.

FOR OVER twenty months, I have been graced with the fellowship of AA meetings, gradual growth and maturation, and the ability to stay away from alcohol and other mind-changing drugs one day at a time. My participation in the AA program of recovery has made me aware of how little I know and how limitedContinue reading “An Open Heart and Open Mind – Grapevine Article March 1979 by C.O.”

The Roots of Resentment – October 1977 by F.M.

We can see ourselves in the anger we feel toward others RESENTMENTS are ruin. Backed-up anger can give us a bad depression; explosive anger can make us say or do things we will regret. Resentment that is allowed to fester can become an obsession and make us nervously unstable. Retaliation and revenge will harm usContinue reading “The Roots of Resentment – October 1977 by F.M.”

The Miracles of Our Fellowship – Grapevine Article by Rhonda Z.

AA won’t cure her illness, but the profound joy it brings helps her survive I haven’t wanted to talk about this or share about it or even experience any of it, but I am. So, here goes. I’m having my very first and fairly bad exacerbation with MS. It started about a week and aContinue reading “The Miracles of Our Fellowship – Grapevine Article by Rhonda Z.”

It’s Never Too Late For A Miracle – Grapevine Article November 1997 by Herb R.

This alcoholic finally got sober after bouncing in and out of AA for thirty-nine years I went to my first AA meeting in the spring of 1953. It was a prerequisite to being released from a state hospital where I’d spent sixty days for alcoholism at the tender age of twenty-one. The hospital experience scaredContinue reading “It’s Never Too Late For A Miracle – Grapevine Article November 1997 by Herb R.”